An Arbroath man who admitted stealing a laptop was sentenced to 80 hours community service when he appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court.
Derek Thyne (32), 3 Ponderlaw Street, admitted that on November 9, 2013, at Woodfield Cottage, Kinnaber, he stole a laptop computer.
Mrs Hazel Anderson, Depute Fiscal, told the court there were previous convictions.
On this occasion a couple woke at 5.30 a.m. to find their house had been disturbed and the computer was missing.
She said: “They telephoned the Police who arrived within 20 minutes. When they were speaking to the Police Mr Thyne appeared.
“He was obviously under the influence of some sort of substance and they noted he was missing a shoe and he had dirt on this clothes.
“The laptop was near where he was standing but he said he had found it.”
Sheriff Gregor Murray order Thyne to carry out 80 hours of community service and gave him six months to carry it out.